CBCP launches ‘Visita Iglesia Online’

MANILA—In observance of the Lenten season, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday launched an online site for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and physically impaired to take part in the celebration of the Holy Week and Easter.

According to the CBCP, the Lenten site dubbed ‘Visita Iglesia Online,’ offers a virtual experience of celebrating Lent, the Holy Week and Easter at the comfort of one’s room.

But CBCP media director Monsignor Pedro Quitorio said the site should not be used as a substitute to the liturgical celebrations done in parishes. He added that those who have the capability to celebrate liturgical services in their parish churches should do so.

“The liturgy is a community act and being so it is most meaningfully celebrated in the context of the community or the parish,” Monsignor Quitorio stressed.

The website features various resources for spiritual growth and deepening one’s faith. It also includes catechesis and reflections for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter preached by bishops and priests.

The “online church-goer” (OCG) will experience the traditional Visita Iglesia in a multimedia presentation that features 14 shrines and pilgrimage churches to correspond with the 14 Stations of the Cross with reflections given by priests.

The website also contains the traditional Seven Last Words and the Pasyon. Likewise, the site highlights the architectural marvel of centuries-old baroque churches in the country.

The Lenten site can be accessed at http://visitaiglesia.net.

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